THE EARLY CROW
Sydney filly Alizee (Race 6) will be the shortest-priced favourite on the day and for good reason. She simply dominated in winning the G1 Flight Stakes at Randwick last start over the 1600m trip. She hit the front at 200m mark like she had just joined in and gapped the best NSW fillies going around. This again looks a perfect race for her and, even with the very smart Shoals and Booker engaged, it’s very hard to see her losing.
Even though she ranks as a genuine chance, reckon bookies will take a risk with Jorda (Race 2). She’s favourite in overnight markets, primarily on the strength of her third to Pariah at Rosehill two runs back. Thought she was inclined to do a little better behind Fox Swift at Flemington last start and kept fresh since. Drawn the rails, so may also need luck in getting clear. Prrepared to bet around her.
AT THE TRIALS
Qalifa (Race 1) is a nicely bred filly by speed sire Not A Single Doubt and looked good winning a trial at Wodonga last month. Missed the kick slightly but then railed through on bend and wasn’t asked for too much of an effort when winning comfortably. Second placegetter Nomothaj then came out and won well on debut last week. From the strong Hayes/Hayes/Dabernig team and will ave plenty of admirers.
BEATING THE CLOCK
Duke Of Brunswick (Race 5) continues to impress at trackwork and produced another strong gallop at Caulfield on Tuesday. Looks super fit for his assignment tomorrow where he returns to his favourite track and distance. Right at his top now and, despite a slightly awkward draw, is ready to win.
A lot has been said about the last-start defeat of Royal Symphony (Race 8) last start but a look at the sectional splits show what marvellous effort he turned in to finish as close as he did. He clocked the fastest last 1000m, 800m, 600m and 400m of the race and the second best last 200m. All considering he was too far back in a sit-and-sprint affair, still able to make up many lengths. He’ll go very close to winning tomorrow.
THE STATS SPEAK
Sheidel (Race 10) has a wonderful affinity with Caulfield and also with 1100m. At the track she has had five starts for three wins and a second, while she has notched five wins and a second from eight attempts at he distance. Don’t forget she notched a super win in the Oakleigh Plate over this course and distance last year. She’ll relish a return to Caulfield tomorrow.